“Apart from the vocabulary attributed to him, President Trump is right on target in his sentiment. As individual Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to place the needs of others above our own, but as commander in chief, President Trump has the constitutional responsibility to place the interest of our nation above the needs of other countries.I’m grateful we have a president like Donald Trump who understands that distinction and has the courage to protect the well-being of our nation.”
“No one who identifies as a journalist is showing any desire to report the fact that Trump wants to boost immigration from a fairly large nonwhite area known as Asia . . .If Trump is a white supremacist, he is the worst one ever.”
The president “said he would welcome immigrants from Asia, so he is open to accepting people from other countries. So this really has to do with the broader — if you dig deeper here — to the question of is our immigration policy based on skills? Is it based on merit? Or is it based on natural disaster, or is it based on war?”
While they are not saying it plainly, the implication seems to be: Asian immigrants are skilled. Black and Latino immigrants are not.
Ilya Shapiro, a fellow at the conservative Cato Institute, defended Trump's words, tweeting that his preference is rooted in economics, not racism.
“By the 1960s, anxieties about the civil right movement caused white Americans to further invest in positive portrayals of Asian Americans. The image of the hard-working Asian became an extremely convenient way to deny the demands of African Americans. As Ellen Wu describes in her book, both liberal and conservative politicians pumped up the image of Asian Americans as a way to shift the blame for black poverty. If Asians could find success within the system, politicians asked, why couldn’t African Americans?”
“In the midst of the black freedom movement of the 1960s, numerous politicians and academics and the mainstream media contrasted Chinese with African Americans. They found it expedient to invoke Chinese “culture” to counter the demands of civil rights and black power activists for substantive change.In 1966, then-Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan defended his controversial claim that the too-strong emphasis on matriarchy in black “culture” was to blame for the “deterioration” of African American communities by pointing to the “enlightened family life” of the relatively well-to-do Chinese. The magazine U.S. News & World Report unequivocally made the same charged comparison: “At a time when it is being proposed that hundreds of billions be spent to uplift Negros and other minorities, the nation's 300,000 Chinese Americans are moving ahead on their own — with no help from anyone else.”